We’re Hiring! Managing Investigator and Lawyer in Ethiopia

Terms of Reference

Position:Managing Investigator and Lawyer
Location :Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Duration:18 months, 3 month probation period
Contract Type:Consultancy Contract
Compensation:Commensurate with experience

About Project Expedite Justice

Founded in 2016, Project Expedite Justice (PEJ) assists survivors of atrocities and serious human rights abuses in seeking justice through all available legal mechanisms. Our three-step model consists of (1) training local organizations in internationally recognized standards of evidence collection, (2) action learning through peer mentoring, and (3) providing independent legal consulting. This model is adaptable and can be applied in conflict and post-conflict situations and to a range of criminal matters and serious human rights abuses. We partner with local organizations that share our mission and goals, and we work side by side with them to empower local communities, identify and link the perpetrators to the crimes or human rights violations, and ultimately, dismantle criminal networks.

Program Description

Launched in 2020, PEJ’s project “Protecting Human Rights and Promoting Justice in Ethiopia through Evidence Collection and Documentation” aims to increase justice and accountability for serious human rights abuses in Ethiopia and improve human rights protection and observation over the next three-years. Specifically, PEJ will work closely with civil society organizations, lawyer associations, human rights defenders, and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission to build capacity on evidence collection and preservation, as well as case strategy and advocacy. Specific program objectives are:  1) Increased capacity of these groups to investigate, document, and report serious human rights abuses in line with international standards for evidence collection and preservation; 2) increased capacity of groups to pursue accountability measures for serious human rights abuses in relevant legal and non-legal fora; 3) increased coordination and cooperation between civil society organizations and the Human Rights Commission to monitor, document, and report on serious human rights abuses.

Duties and deliverables

The Senior Investigator and Lawyer will work closely with  the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission on capacity building of 25 investigators from headquarters in Addis Ababa and the branch offices. The position will require the selected person to work both at the PEJ office in Addis and the Commission and conduct regular field missions with Commission staff. With oversight and guidance from PEJ’s executive staff and the Country Director, the Senior Investigator and Lawyer will build the Commission’s technical capacity, through trainings and case-focused mentoring sessions, to conduct investigations and preserve evidence related to human rights abuses;  provide strategic guidance in case work and advocacy related to specific instances of human rights abuses; and help to support the Commission’s engagement with CSOs and HRDs.  This may include working with the Commission to build systems and processes around investigations, evidence collection, and preservation. This position will report to the Country Director, Legal & Program Director, and Executive Director.

The Senior Investigator and Lawyer will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Develop and deliver TOT trainings to Human Rights Commission investigators on investigating human rights abuses, including best practices for evidence collection and preservation.
  • Mentor and provide strategic guidance to a cohort of investigators in conducting their own investigations.
  • Work closely with the PEJ team and the Human Rights Commission to develop case strategies and advocacy initiatives.
  • Provide technical expertise and knowledge related to investigations and legal strategy.
  • Working with the Commission to develop and build processes and procedures for the collection and preservation of evidence, as well as evidence mapping

Qualifications

  • JD or equivalent degree in law.
  • At least five years of legal experience in human rights, international criminal law, and prosecution or other litigation.
  • Experience in conducting or leading investigations on human rights abuses, mass atrocities, or international crimes; experience in other national human rights mechanisms a plus.
  • Experience working in transitional justice systems.
  • Experience in developing training curriculum on investigation, as well as case strategy and development, particularly with a human rights component.
  • Experience mentoring and advising colleagues.
  • Experience working on sensitive issues in a variety of working contexts.
  • Experience working in Africa, experience working in Ethiopia preferred.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work in high pressure or complicated work environments.
  • Willingness to travel in the country and possibly region as needed and provided it is safe and secure with respect to COVID-19.
  • Willingness to relocate to Addis Ababa for a period of 18 months.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, please send your CV and Cover Letter to sophia@projectexpeditejustice.org.